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now with another look live at the beth page air show. crowds gathering in honor of memorial day weekend. and the u.s. army golden knights pregnancy parachuting team. best of luck to always. >> this week on the journal editorial report. hillary clinton's e-mails finally begin to trickle out along with evidence of a secret foreign policy adviser. plus president obama's isis strategy suffers a setback as the ramadi falls. so will the administration change course? and accusations of racial bias are harvard university are elite schools using quotas to discriminant against asian americans? welcome to the journal editorial report.
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the long i waited e-mails finally begin to trickle out. we're learning more about just who was advising her during her time. long time staffer sidney blumenthal sent at least 25 e-mails on libya. and we heard interest the "wall street journal" clinton's staff at the state department including chief of staff cheryl mills scrutinized and sometimes blocked the release of politically sensitive documents were questioned under the freedom of information action. for more i'm joined by kim strathal bill mcearn and jason reilly. >> kim, what is the most important takeaway you get from this week's news? >> it is that sidney blumenthal appeared to be running state department business or at least helping hillary clinton in a capacity nobody knew about. and in all kind of ways that
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bring up very big concerns. here is this man from her past. he is not only getting paid by the clinton foundation he is getting a salary from them. getting paid by outside groups that are helping set the path for hillary's presidential bid. he is advising a group that is trying to get business in libya. and he's -- >> private -- private business. not u.s. official. this is private business. >> private business yes. at the same time he is putting things in hillary's ear about the events in libya. there is a lot of tangled events and a lot of questions to be asked. >> he's advise telling the secretary of state who has this whole intelligence operation at her disposal to tell her about libya and foreign country, he is saying here is what's really going on in libya. >> and keep in mind sidney
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blumenthal is someone hillary was band from hiring to help her. >> by the obama white house. >> they said no you cannot hire him. >> in official capacity. >> in official capacity. so again this is hillary clinton thinking the rules do not apply to her. and deserving of a criminal investigation as to whether sidney blumenthal was being paid by foreign governments to whisper in her ear, to write memos. that is worthy of investigating. >> and she was taking the memos and distributing them to the state department sometimes stripping out the providence where they come from. and here real chief of staff was distributing them yeah this is interesting. follow-up. so forth. >> i don't think this is weird. i think it's very logical. >> you think the rest of the government normally works this way. >> no for the clintance. this is standard operating procedure. they alwayssuchus suckalways suck
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us into the debates. she went into this job put it on a server in her living room. and there is pa reason. it has do with the reason for intertwining political ambitionbigs and it is all a mission. and they deliberate built a structure that allowed them get away with these things. >> we should add sidney blumenthal is not talking publicly but his lawyer had said he will cooperate. >> we do know these e-mails are not about chelsea's wedding plans or the yoga routine. >> he you the youtube video was just a cover for a planned al qaeda attack. so half a world away he knew something contrary to the obama
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line. >> but this brings up a really good point. clz the only reason we probably know about these e-mails is that mr. blumenthal's account was hacked a couple of years ago by a hacker and these e malsz were put up online. and therefore it was discovered he had been e-mailing hillary. would we have been told otherwise? would she have deleted them with the rest? and how many others has she deleted? >> all good questions. and tell us about cheryl mills, chief of staff when she was at that state. and senior instead of vetting freedom of information request. how unusual is it for senior staff to do that as an agency? >> it is a huge no no. and i would phrase it as "controlling information" at the state department. which we now know this is what hillary clinton was all about from the moment she set foot at the state department. but cheryl mills, blast from the pasts. has been around forever. followed mrs. clinton to the
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state department. we now know she was telling. departments like this have experts. this is their job to look through these requests and see what complies and what can be released. we now know mrs. mills was going in on top of them and making her own decisions and moreover if they released documents she said no about mrs. clinton's office would no longer comply with disclosure. >> the ramifications for this? is this one of those things improper behavior but it goes away? >> it seems to fall into that gray area the clintons thrive in. if you can't get them with a felony, according to them it is no big deal. >> to the credit of the media they have reported a lot of this stuff, breaking this stuff. but but it is interesting to me the liberal commentary yat, who if republicans would be doing
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this would be all over it. they have before silent with this. is she going to get away with it. >> a couple of things. one no one is paying attention right now. the political public the media but the public in general is not tuned in. they also have going that no other democrat has stepped up and complained about what is going on with hillary clinton. so she can dismiss all of this as simply right wing nonsense. >> why not? >> again they are intimidated by the clinton machine, people coming back after them. i don't know. but i don't think that is going last. a at some point people will stand up and say hillary clinton is damaged goods. >> and her trust ratings are taking a big hit in the poll now. 25 percent trust her. and when we come back president obama says the war against isis is not being lost but the fall of of ramadi and the advancement of the islamic state in syria suggest otherwise. will the administration change
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course before it is too late?
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the islamic state terror group controls over half of syrian territory after seizing more this week. the news comes on the heels of last weekend's fall of the iraqen city ramadi to isis. obama called the takeover a set back but insisted that the war against the islamic state is not being lost. i don't think we're losing he told the atlantic tuesday. there is no doubt there was a tactile setback although ramadi had been vulnerable for a very long time.
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tactile or more significant. >> you are waiting for the hitler in the bunker. this is a major loss for iraq and also for the united states. >> how so? >> >> ramadi is the capital of anbar province. and the retaking of ramadi demonstrated to those sunnis that we could prevail anywhere in iraq in the toughest place. the symbolism is important because the psychological momentum has a lot to do with the ability of the iraqis to take the battle against isis. the loss of ramadi is going to have a psychological blow. >> what about the impact on the islamic state the recruitment they can do abroad? this shows they are gaining ground not being destroyed. that gives them a sense of
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momentum around the world. probably will help them recruit not only fighters to come to syria and iraq but also lone wolffs here in europe or the united states. >> the islamic state is clearly winning in iraq. and that is what the president doesn't want to say. and recall too iraq was going to be one of the greatest cheesmts of this administration. i think the disorder you see in the mideast today whether iraq or yemen or syria shows what happens when the white house makes decisions based on politics and not on our national interest and the interest of our allies in the region. >> bill, the president i think, why would he say that? does he know something for example? is he more confident this can be retrieved if it is a strategy lieying in wait that is going to get better. >> the i agree with both brett and mary. the strategy is domestic politics. he's always done this. >> how does it help --
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>> you don't want to be the president saying we're losing. no one wants to hear that. >> but americans can watch the news. >> right. >> major city falls in syria. city falls in iraq. that is not good news. >> president obama is committed to just two things. and he reminds us all the time. he is not going to put u.s. troops anywhere and he is always going to tell you timetable for withdraul. and he's always fighting not the last war but the different war. when he was running he was fighting the necessary war in afghanistan. he got in and declared a surge and the withdrawal. same thing. red line in syria -- >> i think the white house would say to that brett, you know what? yeah. we don't really want to get into either side of this. the american people don't want us to intervene. he said i'm not george bush and i'm not going to put more ground troops in there and the american people support me. >> he came to office saying i'm
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going to destroy al qaeda and that was one of the big promises of the first time. isis is al qaeda on steroids and i think america also recognizes this is a problem when you have a tax being inspired by isis in ottawa or texas texas. and this is a president with a record of making massive misstatements about the nature of the fight we're in. al qaeda on a path to defeat. yes, ma'am seasonmen is a model for successful counterinsurgency. assad is about to fall any day now. so there is a question about whether the president is really attending to the business of knowing just what sort of position we're in tactically as well as strategically. >> also you have to say the irony of all of this is that by saying we're not going to put u.s. troops in harms way, he is allowing this disorder and this cal fateiphate to grow that may require more u.s. troops ultimately. >> and to brett's point.
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i was in the white house with bush when he announced the surge. ramadi was the first test. and we saul the presence there on the slides that looked like a tumor being shrunk. it is not just a symbolic victory. it means isis the al qaeda off shoot, is going in power. and iraqis are looking to iran. saying the americans are our friends on paper but in combat it is the iranians. so the ramadi is a microcosm of two kinds of influence gaining. >> is there reputation at risk and are they fighting internationally we've got-- internally and accelerate our bombing and do more? >> a generation of army officers came of age telling our
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political masters what they want to hear. and obama doesn't want to hear that he needs to put in more troops if he's going to win this fight. >> thank you all. when we come back harvard university under fire for allegedly discriminanting against asian americans in its admissions process. are these students being held to a higher standard than other applicants? when it comes to good nutrition...i'm no expert. that would be my daughter -- hi dad. she's a dietitian. and back when i wasn't eating right, she got me drinking boost. it's got a great taste and it helps give me the nutrition i was missing. helping me stay more like me. [ female announcer ] boost complete nutritional drink has 26 essential vitamins and minerals, including calcium and vitamin d to support strong bones and 10 grams of protein to help maintain muscle. all with a delicious taste. grandpa! [ female announcer ] stay strong, stay active with boost. here at td ameritrade, they're always working. yup, we're constantly making thinkorswim better. like a custom
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a coalition of more than 60 groups is asking the federal government to investigate possible racial bias in undergraduate admissions in harvard. the complaint filed last week accuses harvard of using racial quotas in holding asian americans to far higher standards than other americans.
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a practice used to limit jewish applicants in the 20th century. what is the complaint here by these groups? >> the complaint is asian kids hit it out of the park academically in terms of qualifications. >> what are those qualifications? >> grade point average, class rank. sats. they are always at the top. yet at elite schools the selection rates don't reflect that. >> what are the magnitudes? do we have the sense of the magnitudes how much they are being held back? >> the studies show asian kids need to outscore black, white and hispanic kids by hundreds of point on standardized tests. thr really only competing with one another at a lot of these elite schools. >> so essentially there is a cap on the admissions. >> that is what the record shows.
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if you look at harvard, the acceptance rate is around 15 20%. >> and asian americans. such a generalization. korean american japanese americans, chinese americans. indian americans. a variety -- vietnamese americans. a variety of people from different ethnic backgrounds. asia is a big continent. they're all lumped in together as part of one category? is that what you're saying? >> for the purposes of these administrators in accepting them yes. >> how can this be justified mary? >> i don't think it can. >> how would harvard it do it? >> they would say there are benefit of diversity and putting different groups of people together. it is very hard to demonstrate the benefits. it is very easy to demonstrate the harm. diversity is by definition discrimination. it leads to things like quotas and racial profiling.
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by definition taking one student less qualified. >> diversity you may not be able to measure its impact but it enriches the education experience. it is important for students to get -- to be disposed to a variety of people. just like you want football players. you want pick lowcolo players. people from all over the country and different backgrounds. >> you can measure the harm. students who are put in a university who aren't qualified tend to have lower graduation raids, lower grades. you can demonstrate that. you are putting them in position where they are not set up to succeed. >> how do you qualify this diversity rationale. show me the tangible benefits. do i need a certain percentage to learn calculus or studies or
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shakespeare? is it going to increase the likelihood i will graduate? >> here is what we want. we want people -- we want people of all races to be able to get access to the best quality education and this gives them that. otherwise they wouldn't have it. i want to play devil's advocate. >> so fix high school i so that they have the tools to qualify for some of these great tertiary schools. >> the supreme court has said that race can be used as a factor in admissions. it said it can't be the factor right? >> yes. so the frustration of the supreme court continues to blush the so called holistic approach. >> that is the word holistic. >> and these elite schools are driving a semitruck through that exception. >> is that going to stay. >> we'll find out. because there is a court case pends in addition to this complaint. >> we have to take one more break.
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this is humira at work hits and misses of the week. kim start us you have. >> a miss to rand paul who took to the senate floor for ten hours to protest renewing the patriot act on the grounds that we cannot allow a big brother government to keep spying on americans. here is the problem. there is no evidence that has ever happened or any indication that it will. kz entirely theoretical. what is not theoretical is the risk of terror and the reality that things like the nsa's meta data program have been at the front lines of the keeping america safe. >> i want to give a hit to the obama administration for finally releasing a trove of documents seized during the 2011 raid of
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bin laden's compound. we learned a little more about the terrorist leader. we learned he was actively managing al qaeda. he was in touch with other terror groups and reading things like leftist, antisemitic texts, pornography. and it is a handy reminder. and important to know our enemy. get machine of these documentore of these documents out. >> the young american foundation did a survey of the speakers addressing graduates. they found the top 100 u.s. universities liberal commencement speakers outnumber conservatives six to one. >> i'm shocked. >> in 2014 it was four one. 2012 it was seven to one. >> whose notre dame's. >> fits patton. >> all right. and remember if you have your own hit or miss tweet it to us at jer on fnc.
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that's it for my panel. and we hope to see you right here next week. the justice department now saying it will review today's verdict in cleveland today that cleared a white police officer in the shooting deaths of two unarmed black suspects. hello and welcome to america's news headquarters. >> demonstrators crowding the streets of cleveland near the courthouse carrying signs and chanting. so far today a peaceful protest. 13 officers fired on the couples card back in 2012. officer michael brillo was the only charged. according to documents he climbed on the hood of the couple's car and fired more than 130